Flossing Tips

Brushing your teeth will remove most of the decay-causing plaque that can harm your teeth; however brushing will not remove all the debris and bacteria that sits between the teeth and under the gums. Tooth decay and gum disease usually begins in these areas so flossing is important to complete oral health care.

Some people have difficulty using floss so special aids have been developed that make it easier to floss or to clean between the teeth. If flossing feels a bit awkward, here are some helpful tips:

  1. Use about 18” of floss and wrap it around your middle finger.
  2. Hold floss between your index finger and thumb.
  3. Guide the floss between the teeth using a gentle rubbing motion.
  4. Floss each tooth by curving the floss along the gum line.
  5. Rub the side of each tooth by moving the floss up and down.
  6. Set a pattern to help you remember to floss each and every tooth.
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